SAU to host science and theology lecture

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LAURINBURG – St. Andrews University will be hosting the last John Calvin McNair Lecture Series on Science and Theology for the 2015-16 academic year.

Dr. James H. Scatliff is the Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Radiology at the UNC School of Medicine, is the speaker.

The event will begin Tuesday at 6 p.m. with dinner at the Carol Grotnes Belk Main Room. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public with an RSVP to [email protected] or 910-277-3968. Seating is limited.

A native of Chicago, Scatliff earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at Northwestern University, spending his early career at Yale University. In 1966, he brought his family to Chapel Hill, to become the second Chairman of the Radiology Department. During his tenure, he oversaw a medical revolution from the use of x-ray to such medical procedures as Ultrasound, Computed Tomography (CT), and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). To honor his legacy, UNC Hospitals and the School of Medicine established and endowed a professorship and the Scatliff Magnetic Resonance Imaging Center.

Scatliff has made significant contributions as a researcher, mentor and teacher. He has penned or co-authored nearly 100 refereed research publications, the most recent being one in 2014 about anatomists Andreas Vesalius and Thomas Willis in the American Journal of Neuroradiology. He has received three Professor of the Year Awards, the UNC Distinguished Faculty Award, and the Hyman L. Battle Distinguished Excellence in Teaching Award.

New to St. Andrews this year, Dr. Julia Scatliff O’Grady, visiting professor of communication says her dad’s lecture will evidence his love for knowledge, alongside his flair for the dramatic. “Ask him about the bit part he played in Julius Caesar (1950) with Charlton Heston or his cameo role as Professor Willard in Thornton Wilder’s Our Town.”

As preparation, watch a few medical school lectures that incorporate his impersonations of Wilhelm Roentgen, Tootsie, and Kermit the Frog on his YouTube channel.

Scatliff’s lecture will be the 12th lecture hosted by St. Andrews as part of the John Calvin McNair Lecture on Science and Theology series. Previous lectures have been provided by such notables as Dr. Raymond Barfield, Dr. Owen Gingerich, Dr. Marcelo Gleiser and Dr. Jennifer Wiseman.

The McNair lecture was established by the 1857 will of John Calvin McNair who asked that “the object of which lecture(s) shall be to show the mutual bearing of Science and Theology upon each other…” The series was previously hosted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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